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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Square-jawed and trucklike compared to their relatively effete competition
Car and Driver
Dashboard's contemporary shapes and angled surfaces look interesting enough
Climate controls are simple to use
The traditional, upright lines of the 2010 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid disguise their actual personas: They're carlike crossovers. A Mariner makes no attempt to soften its lines, unlike such competitors as the Honda CR-V; it's an SUV from any angle. But the tasteful chrome grille and other fashion-forward design elements set it apart from the more pedestrian Ford Escape, with which it shares a platform.
Edmunds notes that the Mercury Mariner "isn't exactly the freshest face on the block, sharing as it does a nine-year-old platform with its Ford Escape sibling." Car and Driver also points out that "the design is old," calling the 2010 Mercury Mariners "square-jawed and truck-like compared to their relatively effete competition." Despite the vehicle's aged design, reviewers at Cars.com appreciate the external styling treatment, claiming that "the Mariner is a congenial-looking rig" with its standard "16-inch alloy wheels."
Inside, materials and appointments were extensively upgraded a few years ago, giving the Mariner pair both matte metallic accents and a two-tiered instrument panel. The interior of the Mercury Mariner gets neutral to positive marks in the reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Edmunds sees it in a positive light, praising the "upscale ambiance" inside the Mercury Mariner. Cars.com says "the dashboard's contemporary shapes and angled surfaces look interesting enough, but there's a tactile severity that permeates the whole interior."
The 2010 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid are some of the few remaining options for those who prefer an upright crossover with SUV styling.